yoga

noun
yo·​ga | \ ˈyō-gə How to pronounce yoga (audio) \

Definition of yoga

1 capitalized : a Hindu theistic philosophy teaching the suppression of all activity of body, mind, and will in order that the self may realize its distinction from them and attain liberation
2 : a system of physical postures, breathing techniques, and sometimes meditation derived from Yoga but often practiced independently especially in Western cultures to promote physical and emotional well-being

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Other Words from yoga

yogic \ ˈyō-​gik How to pronounce yogic (audio) \ adjective, often capitalized

Examples of yoga in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Zella High Waist Leggings Zella's yoga pants have a nearly perfect rating from over thousands upon thousands of reviews. Samantha Matt, USA TODAY, "20 amazing Black Friday deals you can get at Nordstrom," 29 Nov. 2019 The paradox of athleisure, of course, is it often wasn’t worn for anything remotely athletic: Witness the countless paparazzi photos of female celebrities in yoga pants going through airports or carrying lattes. Oliver Staley, Quartzy, "The 2010s will be remembered as the decade of avocado toast and BTS," 29 Nov. 2019 Now, Despentes welcomes me in, dressed in a white T-shirt and black trousers that may or may not have been yoga pants. Lauren Elkin, Harper's magazine, "Trash, Rock, Destroy," 25 Nov. 2019 Somewhere between the normalization of wearing yoga pants in public and the inevitable drama of delays and cancellations, flying lost its glamour. Tyler Joe, Marie Claire, "Marie Claire's Guide to Elevated Airport Dressing," 14 Nov. 2019 Police arrested five suspects who allegedly fled a Lululemon store in Walnut Creek with a hefty haul — $7,600 worth of yoga pants and workout jackets. Anna Bauman, SFChronicle.com, "Arrests made in $7,600 heist of goods from Walnut Creek Lululemon store," 6 Oct. 2019 The executive — who wore an Abercrombie & Fitch hoodie in her mug shot and preferred yoga pants and sneakers at earlier proceedings — has shown up daily in four-inch stilettos and designer dresses flaunting the GPS tracker on her left ankle. Los Angeles Times, "Trial of Huawei executive exposes cracks in tough-to-win extradition case," 4 Oct. 2019 This goes beyond wearing yoga pants for Sunday brunch. Kate Bowers, Fortune, "Bye, Athleisure. Lululemon and Athleta Want You to Live Your Best ‘Ath-Lifestyle’," 24 Sep. 2019 A thousand pieces of pin-dot sized remnants of toothpaste tubes, dishwasher detergent bottles, sandwich bags, yoga pant fibers, iPhone cases, coffee cup lids … a thousand pieces that could have come from one bag of my own trash alone. Shailene Woodley, Time, "Shailene Woodley: How I'm Changing My Life to Help Save the Seas," 4 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of yoga

1785, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for yoga

Sanskrit, literally, yoking, from yunakti he yokes; akin to Latin jungere to join — more at yoke

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6 Dec 2019

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“Yoga.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/yoga. Accessed 11 December 2019.

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yoga

noun
How to pronounce yoga (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of yoga

: a system of exercises for mental and physical health
: a Hindu philosophy that teaches a person to experience inner peace by controlling the body and mind

yoga

noun
yo·​ga | \ ˈyō-gə How to pronounce yoga (audio) \

Medical Definition of yoga

1 capitalized : a Hindu theistic philosophy teaching the suppression of all activity of body, mind, and will in order that the self may realize its distinction from them and attain liberation
2 : a system of physical postures, breathing techniques, and meditation derived from Yoga but often practiced independently especially in Western cultures to promote bodily or mental control and well-being — see hatha yoga

Other Words from yoga

yogic \ -​gik How to pronounce yogic (audio) \ adjective

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